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Leaf-inspired nanocellulose frameworks for next generation photosynthetic cell factories

The FuturoLEAF project revolutionises the photosynthetic cell factory concept. It introduces a tailored solid-state biocatalyst architecture for efficient biological carbon capture and sustainable bioproduction of a wide spectrum of chemicals that vary from active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), fine/special chemicals to commodity chemicals and biofuels.

Million €
Funding instrument Future Emerging Technologies (FET), European Innovation Council
Project duration 3 years, 2020 – 2023

"With the support from Spinverse, our ambitious targets will now be concretized. The special expertise from Spinverse in addressing all the critical details during the preparation phase earned us a winning proposal," says Tekla Tammelin, Research Professor at VTT.

The goal of the FuturoLEAF project is to design a solid-state cell factory (SSCF) that efficiently captures CO2 and light by using photosynthetic microbial cells and nanocellulosic building blocks, enabling efficient chemical production. The design utilises leaf-inspired nanocellulose frameworks for enclosing photosynthetic living cells. This prevents solar energy loss, reduces the water required and enhances production efficiency compared to traditional suspension mass culturing.

Key challenges

To date, up to 80% of the world’s energy and chemical industry demands are covered by fossil sources. To mitigate societal and environmental challenges such as climate change and resource scarcity, a paradigm shift is needed from dependency of fossil sources towards sustainable energy and chemicals production. Photosynthetic technologies are a promising sustainable alternative, but they have previously been suffering from low efficiencies and limitations for substrates.

How we reached the goals

Spinverse supported the project by making a quality check to the proposal draft and helped the FuturoLEAF consortium in editing and finalising the proposal to make it a winning one.

Key takeaways

The project revolutionises the photosynthetic cell factory concept and expects to reach a better production efficiency of target chemicals improved up to 6-fold compared with the current systems.

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